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Using Flash For Exterior Real Estate Shots

September 13th, 2009

Using flash with HDR is becoming a very common technique. In this video real estate photographer Michael James demonstrates how he uses a Visual Echoes Better Beamer Flash Extender to light dark porch areas in exterior shots.

While Michael is demonstrating this technique with HDR, there’s no reason this technique has to only be used with HDR. You could just as well use it with a single exposure. It all depends on if the dynamic range in the scene calls for HDR. This is just another technique for your tool kit. Many real estate photographers will handle this problem with placing remote triggered flashes on the porch or area that needs an extra bit of light.

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8 Responses to “Using Flash For Exterior Real Estate Shots”

  • I am concerned about the potential for damaging your eyes. I am also wondering how much fiddling it takes to get this aimed in the right place. For what he is talking about, I would think first about trying to hide flashes within the scene, close to what I want to fill, and using radio triggers. Of course this won’t always be possible.

  • I use a flash outside all the time in shaded areas during the day. I use a SB900 and put it in manual and just zoom it in. Half power will normally does the trick. Works great and you don’t need anything attached to the flash. You also don’t have to spend time doing HDRs. 99% of the time I only need the one flash.

  • An interesting solution to those “dark porch” problems. The short video was well worth watching.

    Thanks for posting it, Larry.

    Michael

  • Interesting idea.
    You’d be very lucky not to get any flash reflections, even if off-centered.

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  • I use a flash outside all the time in shaded areas during the day. I use a SB900 and put it in manual and just zoom it in. Half power will normally does the trick. Works great and you don’t need anything attached to the flash. You also don’t have to spend time doing HDRs. 99% of the time I only need the one flash….

  • I use flash all the time to light doorways, but via radiopoppers. With the canon system, you can go to manual flash, and adjust the output of the off camera lights at your shooting position. A tad more expensive — 🙂 — but very effective.

  • I like using a flash out doors as well. I usually just use one flash like others have pointed out… manual position and zoomed in. If I had radio sleeves, I’d definitly use them though.

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